Invitation to Attend

2013 is an auspicious year. It will be:

  • 25 years since the Cartwright Inquiry into the New Zealand Cervical Cancer study;
  • 21 years since the decision of Roger v Whitaker which enshrined the doctrine of informed consent into Australian law
  • 21 years since the High Court's decision in Marion's case which transformed the nature of parental consent to medical treatment in Australia
  • 18 years since the creation of the New Zealand Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers Rights;

What have we learned from these famous encounters between health, ethics and the law? Can we say that these interventions (and the ones that followed them) have improved the provisions of healthcare in Australasia? This conference will provide a forum for discussion of several core concerns within bioethics and health care law. Presentations are welcome on a wide variety of topics relating to:

  • rights in healthcare
  • informed consent
  • health and disability
  • children, parents and healthcare
  • reproductive healthcare
  • special treatments
  • biomedical research ethics
  • death and dying


Professor Ian Kerridge & Professor Cameron Stewart
AABHL 2013 Co-convenor


Conference Venue

The Sydney Law School moved into its new state-of-the-art building in February 2009. The new Law School is a flagship building, creating a new gateway to the University from the city via Victoria Park and representing a new era for law teaching at The University of Sydney. It provides prestigious and well-equipped accommodation as benefits one of Australia’s leading law schools and offers the highest quality teaching and learning and research facilities for students and staff.


The Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) is Australia and New Zealand’s leading organisation concerned with issues of bioethics and health law. Its members come from many disciplines including medicine, nursing, law, ethics, philosophy, healthcare administration, allied health and complementary healthcare. AABHL encourages those with a professional interest in the relationship between law, bioethics, health care, public health, and global health governance, to become members.

 AABHL was formed in 2009 from the amalgamation of the two leading Australasian organisations concerned with bioethical issues: the Australasian Bioethics Association and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Health Law and Ethics, both established in the early 1990s.

 AABHL’s main aims are to:

  • Advance the study of bioethics and health law in Australasia;
  • Increase public awareness of bioethics and health law issues;
  • Promote public debate and to facilitate communication with and to the public, governments, organisations and the media about bioethics and health law issues;
  • Fund, promote and conduct research on bioethics and health law;
  • Hold an annual conference and regular state-based activities as a means of furthering bioethics and health law education and debate;
  • Provide an information resource and to liaise with other bodies with similar aims;
  • Provide bioethics and health law education and to support scholarship.

Latest Information

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Invited Speakers
Mr Anthony Hill
Professor Ben White
Professor Ron Paterson
Dr Christopher Mayes
Professor Julian Savulescu
Dr Marie Bismark
Ms Jen Morris
Dr Ainsley Newson

Visit the Invited Speakers page for full biographies.

New Members can join AABHL by clicking here.


The 2013 conference offers a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.

Click here to view what options are available.

Please contact Anna Boyes at the Conference Secretariat to discuss your sponsorship and exhibition requirements.

P: 03 6231 2999
E: Anna Boyes

Who Should Attend?

Australian and New Zealand delegates from the following professions and organisations should attend this conference:

  1. All aspects of healthcare
  2. Policy development
  3. Medico-legal
  4. Education
  5. Ethics/Philosophy
  6. Research


Related Events:

The New Zealand Bioethics Conference
New questions, new answers
Dunedin, 24-26 January 2014

Important Dates

Abstracts Due 22 April
Abstract Notifications 26 April
Presenter Registration 10 May
Student Essays Due 3 May
Early-Bird Closes 21 May
Conference 11 July

Organising Committee

Ian Kerridge, (Co-convenor) Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, Sydney Medical School
Bill Madden, Slater & Gordon
Kristin Savell, Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics, Sydney Law School
Roger Magnusson, Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics, Sydney Law School
Belinda Bennett, Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics, Sydney Law School
Cameron Stewart, (Co-convenor) Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics, Sydney Law School
Wendy Rogers, Macquarie University
Julie Letts, Ministry of Health

Image credits

Law School John Gollings
Destination NSW Sally Mayman
Destination NSW Hamilton Lund
Tourism Australia